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Timber Protector
Lorwyn


Reviewed September 27, 2007

Constructed: 2.56
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 3.75

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Jeff Zandi

 7 Time Pro Tour Veteran

Player since 1994

Level II DCI Judge

Member of the Texas Guildmages

Timber Protector

First of all, this card gives you a lot of creature for the money, a 4/6 body for 4G is nothing to sneeze at. In limited play, this card is easy to include even if you don’t have a lot of other Treefolk in your deck.

Unfortunately, Timber Protector doesn’t have enough value to be good in any constructed deck that is not Treefolk based. I’m, uh, not sure I’ve seen too many constructed tree decks before. We can look forward to treefolk decks together, evidentally.

CONSTRUCTED: 2.0
CASUAL: 3.0
LIMITED: 3.0

BMoor

Timber Protector

It's a pretty straightforward Treefolk lord. I like that it works well with Deadwood Treefolk, another already-solid card. And no, indestructible won't save Deadwood from Vanishing.

Trouble is, cheap Treefolk are hard to come by. They're all big beaters. A Treefolk deck will likely suffer from the same problems as a Dragon deck or an Angel deck-- nothing to do in the early turns. Please prove me wrong, WOTC.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 4
Limited- 3

Aethereal

Thursday - Timber Protector

This guy is solid, but I have one issue with him: his casting cost. You might be able to accelerate him out earlier, but the prohibitive cost hurts this guy's playability because his effect is not as powerful as Nath's. If you can get two of these guys down, though, your opponent might as well pack it in unless they're playing a red deck. I wouldn't expect this guy to see a lot of play, though. Probably just in casual Treefolk decks.

In limited, he's better, because you can't do as much about indestructibility here, and he's a beefy 4/6 for 5.

Constructed - 2.5
Casual - 3.5
Limited - 3.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Timber Protector

Timber Protector looks expensive, and it is. The effect, though, may just be worth it. Accelerating one or two high-power and/or high-toughness Treefolk (Doran the Siege Tower, anybody?) into play and following it up with a Timber Protector demands an answer, and Damnation may not be enough as it leaves the non-Timber Protector creatures in play. Getting two of these guys in play makes it hard to lose against non-flying creatures. I'm also picking this guy as my limited bomb of the week. Removing it is a medium-scale chore, and that's even before you can get the other treefolk.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5

Arcane
Timber Protector

Constructed: I’m not sure how much of an impact Treefolk will have on the major constructed formats as they all have a bit unyielding casting costs (the 3-color Doran comes to mind) or casting costs that are just a bit too high to be really good. Timber Protector seems like it could be right on the cusp of something good. Two of them are both indestructible protecting them from all but RFG effects. One of them alone may not seem like much, but when you think that green is the color of easy mana it’s pretty easy to imagine a mono-green deck with Birds of Paradise and Coalition Relics/Prismatic Lens to splash a Boom/Bust for a one sided Armageddon.

Casual/Multi: Even if they don’t make a huge splash in constructed, Treefolk are easily going to be one of my new favorite plans for a casual table deck. Timber Protector is easily going to make games unfair with his indestructibility for your entire team. Add in cards like Privileged position or Shielding Plax to make him untargetable or something similar and you may have may opponents looking at you with severe frustration as nothing they do can hurt you. It does lose points because it doesn’t protect itself, but it has great team effects and a nice body for it’s cost.

Limited: With enough other treefolk in you pool it’s very easy to take this creature and run a table with him. +1/+1 to an already large team of creatures (second largest on average, right behind Giants from what I’ve seen) into a powerhouse army that needs not fear opposing armies. The one green in it’s casting cost makes it a pretty easy splash even if your only other good treefolk end up in black or white.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
The Missing Linc

-Balding for just over 5 years
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Rings of Brighthearth

So far, I think this is my favorite card of the set. It will take a particular deck with great synergy to break this card. Immediately, a Life from the Loam/ Seizmic Assualt deck seems just right. Assualt for extra, cycle lands for extra, dredge for extra. This works great with sac lands, terramorphic (get two lands), that blue creature that gets you two lands for a discard (now you get four). The list of possiblities is fantastic. The trouble again will be in constructed, you must have so many cards with synergy to validate putting this into your deck. This will be fun with Plainswalkers as well. Just simple fun fun fun. Double your pleasure. Too bad it only doubles the pleasure. Remember it can only be used upon the activation of an ability. It cannot be retriggered by a copied ability.

Constructed: 4 (if the right deck comes out)
Casual: 5
Limited: 4

The Missing Linc
Necro
nomikron

MTG Rules Advisor
Timber Protector:

4/6 for 5 is solid in limited already, the 'champion' ability is just gravy. The indestructibility is the only thing about this card that would make me consider playing it in a constructed deck. Indestructibility can be very useful.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
PsychoAnime

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
Timber Protector

If this made itself indestructible, it's too good. If it didn't, and it doesn't, it's just not good enough.

The Forest indestructibility is rather useless, and I would probably try to kill this rather than everything else my opponent has anyway. It stops Wrath of God, but this comes out after Wrath of God. The +1/+1 is just a super expensive Glorious Anthem. Plus, this dies to Terror.

Casual, this is a nice addition to Treefolks, but who wants to play Treefolks?

It's still has a nice body for limited though.

Constructed: 1.5/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 3.5/5
Meb9000 9/27

Timber Protector

Our Lorwyn previews continue with MaRo's first card Timber Protector. Timmy just got a big favorite that I personally would love to take advantage of. This guy can make your whole treefolk army Wrath proof and bigger. Many tournament experts think this tree won't see the light of play, but I think against the right deck it could cause a lot of trouble. Couple this guy with Doran and you could have some real mean trees on your side. This card only works well when you can get 2 of them out, which definitely would mean happy times for Timmy.

Constructed: 3/5

Limited: 4/5

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